Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charged With Aggravated Pimping

The case involves an alleged hotel prostitution ring and centers on whether the former IMF chief knew that he was partying with prostitutes.

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at a French Senate hearing in June in Paris (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, will face charges of aggravated pimping in a French court, the Associated Press reports.

Strauss-Kahn was thrust into the media spotlight in 2011 after he was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a maid, Nafissatou Diallo, at a Manhattan hotel. A New York City judge dismissed the sexual assault charges after an assistant district attorney told the court that inconsistencies in the 32-year-old accuser's story made it impossible to defend her. Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF before the charges were dropped.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on charges of aggravated pimping despite recommendations by prosecutors that the charges be dropped.

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille, [France] decided on Friday to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.

The case revolves around an alleged hotel prostitution ring and hinges on whether Strauss-Kahn knew he was partying with prostitutes and whose money was used to pay them. His lawyers have said Strauss-Kahn had attended "libertine" gatherings but did not know that some women there were paid.

A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be charged with aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped earlier.

Prosecutors in June had asked for the case against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped on the grounds of lack of evidence, though they agreed the others should be charged.

Read more at the Associated Press. 

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